How was the Hebrew language able to exist and function as an instrument of creative self-expression and communication for about 2,000 years, without such an essential ingredient for survival as a state or territory?Read More
HebrewHistory and Centrality
The language of the sacred texts has always had an important role in Judaism.Emergence of Hebrew
It's difficult to pinpoint the moment Hebrew emerged as a unique language.Hebrew's Rebirth
Embraced by proponents of the Jewish enlightenment, then given new life in Palestine.Theological Significance
According to Jewish tradition, Hebrew is the original language of humanity and the language spoken by God.Why Teach Hebrew?
Hebrew connects Jewish children with a history beyond our insular present.
The AlphabetThe Hebrew Alphabet in Mystical Thought
Mystics venerated Hebrew letters, considering them paths to the Divine.Learn the Letters
A chart showing Hebrew characters, their names, and their sounds.Hebrew Words
Some basic Hebrew words for a beginner.Sephardic and Ashkenazic Hebrew
You say "Shabbes," and I say "Shabbat."Vowels
The dots, dashes, and other symbols that clarify how to pronounce Hebrew words.
Not just for bubbies, Yiddish is being embraced by hip twenty- and thirty-somethings.Yiddish
Basics of the language.Yiddish Words
A brief glossary of important and commonly used Yiddish words and phrases.Chutzpah
The Yiddish word that means nerve...and a million other things.A History of Yiddish
Yiddish originated in Germany, but was eventually spoken by Jews all over Europe.
Aramaic and LadinoAramaic
The language of the Talmud, Jesus, and today's Jewish Kurds.Ladino
Judeo-Spanish mixes 16th-century Spanish, Hebrew, Turkish and other languages.Ladino Today
Is the language of Sephardic Jews undergoing a revival?Languages 101
Language and land are intricately connected. What happens, then, when a people has no land of its own?Quiz Yourself
How much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the past and continue to speak today?